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to save 30% on all the medications we carry. so go directly to petmeds.com now. hi. if we had confidence the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. >> the final word from mueller. nancy pelosi still giving no ground on impeachment. >> there were talks about moving the uss john mccain ahead of president trump's visit to japan. navy leaders said knock it off. a big scare in houston, screaming line drive hits a little girl in the stands. the batter understandably
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distraught. >> and welcome news from alex trebek, the jeopardy host making significant progress against pancreatic cancer. welcome to "early start." i'm michelle kosinski. >> i'm dave briggs, it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. we start in the nation's capital. the special counsel robert mueller has spoken, offering public comments on the russia investigation. his words offering clear discrepancy of the explanations of the attorney general bill barr, and even though the justice department and mueller's office released a joint statement claiming there is no conflict between them, the video suggests otherwise. >> he was not saying but for the olc opinion, he would have found obstruction. >> the special counsel's office is part of the department of justice and by regulation, it
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was bound by the department policy. charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider. >> there was no evidence of the trump campaign collusion with the russian government's hacking. >> there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy. >> the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offense. >> if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. >> well, there's now a focus on the doj guidelines and whether that guided mueller's decision to punt on obstruction. more from sara murray in washington. >> after two years of silence on his investigation, special counsel robert mueller appeared before the cameras and chose his words carefully, clearly stating that he did not clear president trump of obstruction of justice. >> if we had had confidence that
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the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. we did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime. >> mueller explained that charging the president with a crime wasn't an option for him. justice department policy says the president cannot be charged with a federal crime while in office and appeared to appoint the issue to congress, ramping up pressure on capitol hill for impeachment, and hammered home the seriousness of russia interfering with our election. back to you guys. the white house trying to put its own spin on mueller's remarks. it seems they see it as an opportunity to move on. >> there was no real news in there. he reiterated the points that he had already made in the report and we agree with him, there was no collusion, there was no conspiracy, and we consider this case closed. >> sounded an awful lot like this tweet from the president,
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nothing changes from the muleelr report. there was insufficient evidence. therefore in our country, a person is innocent. >> robert mueller is a man of few words. he made it clear in his statement that he would like to keep it that way. >> the report is my testimony so beyond what i have said here today and what is contained in our written work, i do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation. >> so that right there puts house democrats in a tight spot. phil mattingly on capitol hill now with more. >> michelle and dave, for democrats kwho democrats who have been clamoring for experiment, to pressure nancy pelosi to pursue impeachment, robert mueller's remarks added ammunition for that effort. there's also another reality here, they are not the majority. who's that according to t, the
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speaker herself. >> our house democrats have been conscientious about how they make their decisions, 238 have said they wanted to be outspoken on impeachment, and many are reflecting their views as well as those of their constituents. many constituents want to impeach the president, but we want to do what is right and what gets results. >> reporter: that's an important window into the behind the scenes. pelosi has made clear she believes the track house democrats are on, multiple committees, conducting multiple investigations is the right pathway. she did repeatedly impeachment is a divisive issue. there's also the reality of the republican led senate. republican after republican even in the wake of robert mueller's remarks have made clear they believe the case is closed. they believe everyone should move on. that is why pelosi is maintaining her track. she's not alone.
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house judiciary chairman jerry nadler saying impeachment is not off the table but at least at the moment it's not on the table either. they are not going to pursue that. guys. >> phil mattingly on capitol hill, thanks, the house speaker insists she will not be swayed on impeachment by the democratic candidates for president. that's not stopping the 2020 hopefuls from weighing in. >> i believe that expungement proceedings will strengthen congress's hand in getting the information and the responses that they need to come to a conclusion about ultimate impeachment. >> these are impeachable offenses. it is our constitutional responsibility as members of congress to bring a judgment of impeachment against this president. >> i think it's a fair inference from what we heard was bob mueller was referring impeachment to the united states congress.
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>> it is an unprecedented moment in american history and the time is now for us to act in an unprecedented way. >> the front running democrat, joe biden ignored questions about mueller's remarks. his campaign calls the road blocks used by the trump administration quote truly troubling. talks were held between the white house and the navy about keeping the uss john mccain out of sight before president trump's recent trip to japan. e-mails were exchanged about moving a warship but a cnn navy officials say the plan was scrubb scrubbed when navy brass was made aware of it. >> a tarp was put in place to cover the name but there's three navy officials who deny the story. president trump said he had not been made aware of any plans concerning the ship.
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mccain's daughter meghan responded to the reporting, a child who will always be deeply threatened by the greatness of my dad's incredible life. twisters have struck the u.s. for two weeks straight, there were 23 tornado reports just wednesday, including this one in canton, texas. severe weather in kentucky ripping a roof off of a building and on to a car, killing the person inside. no end in sight for the historic flooding. the arkansas river is now approaching record levels. thousands of homes could be impacted in arkansas. >> in hard hit sand springs, oklahoma, 150 homes there have been damaged. flooding has receded slightly there thanks to the u.s. army corps of engineers reducing flows from the keystone dam nearby. raw emotion on full display in an oklahoma courtroom in the country's first case, examining whether drug makers can be held
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responsible for the deadly grip of painkiller addiction. craig boss choked back tears describing his late son austin's death. the football star died of an opioid overdos in 2011. he was just 22. and bach says he's not alone. >> we heard from so many parents across -- that have lost children under similar circumstances, with the same story as us, had no idea, had no clue about the prevalence of these drugs. >> oklahoma's attorney general pointed to a study that says the pediatric death rate tripled from 1999 to 2016 because of opioids. mike hunter is accusing drug makers of a cynical, deceitful brainwashing campaign to establish opioids as the magic
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more headaches on wall street, the dow fell 221 points wednesday closing at its weakness point since mid february. the s&p 500 and nasdaq both closed before 1% as well. concerns ant the impact -- about the impact of the u.s. china trade war are rising. investors are worrying tariffs will ding growing profits and there's concerns china will place restrictions on rare earth exports, elements crucial to the production of high-tech devices including smartphones and missile systems. about 80% of all rare earth minerals imported into the u.s. are from china. also on the business front a dedication ceremony last night for disney's star wars galaxy edge, featuring harrison ford, mark hammel, george lucas and billy d. williams. christine romans sat down with bob iger.
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>> i wanted this to be an homage to the past. we're big believers in respecting legacy, but also a strong directional sign into the future. >> reporter: what was the toughest part of the challenge of creating this land especially when you're under the eyes of star wars fans who really really love this story? there was never too much detail. we did sweat all of the details, you know, right down to their finest points. i think the biggest challenge was at some point we had to stop and actually open the place. >> romans also asked iger about the expansion, the company's streaming wars and the trade war. we'll have all of that for you tomorrow morning when we return. louisiana lawmakers passing a bill to ban abortions once a fetal heart beat is detected with no exceptions of rape or
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incest. under the law, doctors who perform abortions after a heart beat is detected would then face a thousand dollar fine or up to two years in prison. louisiana now becoming the fifth state to enact so-called heart beat bills. missouri lawmakers just approved an eight-week ban on abortion, that along with alabama's near total abortion ban reflects a strong conservative push to bring a supreme court challenge to roe v. wade. a frightening incident at the cubs astros game, renewing calls for protective nedding. a foul -- netting. a foul ball struck a young girl in the stands. the father of two was visibly shaking putting his hands on his head. between innings, he stopped by the area of the stands where the child was sitting. he was consoled by a security
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guard as he began crying, covering his face with his glove. almora was still emotional after the game. >> just praying and, yeah, i'm speechless. i'm at a loss f of words. being a father, two boys, god willing, i'll be able to have a relationship with this girl for the rest of my life. prayers right now. that's all i really can control. >> the astros in a statement said the girl was taken to a hospital but they did not disclose any details on her condition. before last season, all major league teams extended protective netting to at least the far ends of the dugout. >> that makes me need to have a good cry. it's so painful. well, the smallest baby ever born is out of the hospital and doing fine this morning. baby saby as they called her was
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8.6 ounces when she was delivered in san diego at 23 weeks and 3 days. her mother had to go into emergency c section when doctors realized the baby was not gaining weight. she was released from the hospital yesterday weighing a healthy 5.6 pounds. you're going to add some money to that 43,000, how much, 2 25,119, 65,033. >> the 30th straight jeopardy win for james holzhauer, he's now less than $200,000 away from the all time record for jeopardy winnings. jeopardy host alex trebek meanwhile also on a winning streak revealing he's in near remission after announcing in march he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. the five-year survival rate is
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9% but the 78-year-old trebek tells people magazine it's kind of mind boggling. the doctors said they hadn't seen this kind of positive result in their memory. trebek must still undergo several rounds of chemotherapy before he can be declared fully in remission. that is just outstanding news. great to see. >> i also feel like ten years from now, we're still going to be talking about james holzhauer, and it's going to be like a hundred million dollars. >> i don't know what's going to knock him off the throne. breaking overnight, a search for survivors, after a docked tour boat is struck by a ship. at least seven are dead. do you want me to go first or do you want to go first, brea? you can go first. audible reintroduced this whole world to me. so many great stories from amazing people.
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that prime minister benjamin netanyahu has failed to put together a coalition government. this marks the further in israel's history a general election did not produce a government. oren liebermann live for us j -- for us in jerusalem. good morning. >> reporter: these results stunning for the reasons you just mentioned there. it has never been the case in israel's 71 year political history that a general election has not led to a government the prime minister given the job has always succeeded until now, including prime minister benjamin netanyahu, and the multiple times he has been given to put together a government. all of that ended last night. he had deadlocked negotiations between his coalition partners and he wasn't able to work through this. his former defense minister not budging at all against the ultra orthodox party and that is where he was stuck. he tried a number of ways to try to get this to work out, to try to get someone to compromise.
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president trump weighed in, tweeting support for netanyahu. at that point he had two options, give the job perhaps to somebody else, either in his own party or another political party or send the country to new elections and that is the option he went with. those are now scheduled for september 17th, just over 3 1/2 months away, the first time in israel's history there will be two elections in six months. dave, it could very well be that we're at the exact same spot after these elections. >> just about to ask you that question. oren liebermann live with that breaking news. ahead, nancy pelosi refusing to be goaded into impeachment, not by the president, and certainly not by robert mueller. if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. it's a revolution in sleep. the sleep number 360 smart bed is on sale now during our memorial day sale. it senses your movement, and automatically adjusts to keep you both comfortable.
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that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. the final word from robert mueller. some of it contradicts the attorney general, but nancy pelosi is still giving no ground on impeachment. did the white house try to hide the name of john mccain on his name sake warship during the president's trip to japan mpl. a big scare in houston, a screaming line drive hits a girl in the stands. the batter understandably distraught. and welcome news for alex trebek. jeopardy host making significant progress against pancreatic cancer. he calls it mind boggling. welcome back to "early start," i'm dave briggs. >> i'm michelle kosinski in for christine romans. sorry, strange pause there. it's 32 minutes past the hour. the special counsel has spoken. robert mueller offering up his first public comments on the russia investigation after two
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years of silence. his words offering clear discrepancy with the explanations from attorney general bill barr. and even though the justice department and mueller's office released a joint statement claiming there is no conflict between them, the video says otherwise. >> he was not saying that but for the olc opinion he would have found obstruction. >> the special counsel's office is part of the department of justice, and by regulation, it was bound by that department policy. charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider. >> there was no evidence of the trump campaign collusion with the russian government's hacking. >> there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy. >> evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offense. >> if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not
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skm commit a crime, we would have said so. >> quite a contrast. there is now a focus on the doj guidelines that a sitting president cannot be indicted and whether that guided mueller's decision to punt on obstruction. more now from cnn's sara murray in washington. >> reporter: good morning, dave and michelle. after two years of silence on his investigation, special counsel robert mueller appeared before the cameras and chose his words carefully, clearly stating that he did not clear president trump of obstruction of justice. >> if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. we did not, however make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime. >> mueller explained that charging the president with a crime wasn't an option for him. justice department policy states a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while in office. mueller appeared to point the obstruction issue to congress, ramping up pressure on capitol hill for impeachment, and hammered home the seriousness of
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russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, saying it deserves everyone's attention. >> the white house is trying to put its own spin on mueller's remarks. it may seem they see it as an opportunity to move on. >> there was no real news in there. he reiterated the points that he had already made in the report and we agree with them. there was no collusion. there was no conspiracy. and we consider this case closed. >> now, that sounded an awful lot like this tweet from the president, nothing changes from the mueller report. there was insufficient evidence and therefore in our country, a person is innocent. the case is closed. thank you. robert mueller's a man of few words and he made it clear in his nearly ten minute statement that he would like to keep it that way. >> the work speaks for itself. and the report is my testimony.
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so beyond what i have said here today and what is contained in our written work, i do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation. >> so that puts house democrats in a tight spot. phil mattingly with more from capitol hill. >> michelle and dave, for democrats who have clamoring for impeachment, who have been pressuring speaker nancy pelosi to pursue impeachment, there's no question about it, robert mueller's public remarks provided new ammunition for that effort. there's also another reality here, they are not the majority. who is that according to? well, the speaker herself. >> our house democrats they have been very, shall we say, conscientious about how they reach their decisions, maybe 38 of them out of 238 wanted to be outspoken on impeachment, and many are reflecting their views as well as those of their constituents. many constituent want to impeach the president but we want to do what is right and what gets results. >> reporter: and guys, that's an
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important window into the behind the scenes there. pelosi has made clear she believes the track house democrats are on, multiple committees conducting multiple investigations on the administration and the president himself is the right pathway. she said repeatedly she believes impeachment is a divisive issue, particularly if the public is not behind them, and public polling shows that remains the case. there's also the reality of the republican led senate, republican after republican in the wake of robert mueller's remarks, they believe the case is closed. they believe everyone should move on. that is why pelosi is maintaining her track. she's not alone. house judiciary committee chairman jerry nadler saying impeachment is not off the table but at least at the moment it's not on the table either. they are not going to pursue that. >> lots of questions there. the house speaker says she will not be swayed on impeachment for the democratic candidates for president. that's not stopping the 2020 hopefuls, though, from weighing in. >> i believe that expungement
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proceedings will strengthen congress's hand in getting the information and the responses that they need to come to a conclusion about ultimate impeachment. >> these are impeachable offenses. it is our constitutional responsibility as members of congress to bring a judgment of impeachment against this president. >> i think it's a fair inference from what we heard in that press conference that bob mueller was referring impeachment to the united states congress. >> it is an unprecedented moment in american history and the time is now for us to act in an unprecedented way. >> some very strong statements there, but the front running democrat, joe biden, ignored questions about mueller's remarks. his campaign calls the road blocks used by the trump administration truly troubling. talks were held between the white house and the navy about keeping the uss john mccain out
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of sight before president trump's recent trip to japan. e-mails were exchanged about moving the warship but a senior navy official tell cnn the plan was scrubbed once navy brass became aware of it. president -- >> the "wall street journal" reports a tarp was put in place to cover the name. three navy officials deny it was there when trump was in japan. president trump said he had not been made aware of any plans concerning the ship. mccain's daughter calling trump a child who will always be deeply threatened by the greatness of my dad's incredible life. to the weather now, twisters have struck the u.s. for two straight weeks now. there were 23 tornado reports wednesday, including this one in canton, texas. severe weather in kentucky ripping a roof off the building and on to a car, killing one
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person inside. no end in sight for the historic flooding. the arkansas river now approaching record levels. those of homes could be impacted in arkansas, and hard hit sand springs, oklahoma. engineers worked to repair a dirt levee protecting the town's business district. 150 homes have been damaged. flooding receded thanks to the u.s. army corps of engineer, reducing flow from the keystone dam nearby. dennis muilenburg apologized to the families involved in the two crashes that killed 346 people and the worldwide grounding of all 737 max jets. in an interview with cbs, muilenburg said this. >> we clearly fell short, and the implementation of this angle of attack alert was a mistake. we did not implement it properly. we're confident in the fundamental safety of the
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airplane. >> you put your family on a 737 max. >> without any hesitation, absolutely. >> during the conference wednesday, muilenburg said the max crisis has become a defining moment for the company, adding it is focussed on getting the jet back in the air. muilenburg said he will work with airlines for the compensation in grounding. the federal aviation administration reviewing a software fix boeing has completed for the aircraft. muilenburg did not comment on the overall cost to the company. >> better late than never, i guess. >> still a long way to go on this one. you have heard about uber drivers behaving badly, but some passengers are no better. now they could be banned for life. everyone could use a little romance... even your feet.. the (new) amopé pedi perfect with diamond crystals gives you smooth results in just seconds that you'll fall in love with instantly. available at walmart in the foot care aisle.
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investigators in utah believe they have found the
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remains of missing 5-year-old elizabeth shelley, and have charged her uncle with murder and kidnapping. in a statement elizabeth's family thanked law enforcement and remembered lizzy as a caring and giving little girl. searchers in hawaii have found the body of missing hiker noah mina delivering a crushing blow to family members who were hoping to have an amanda eller type ending. the same rescue teamed joined the search for mina over the weekend. maui police said he was reported missing on may 20th. his father said they find solace in the fact that he was found. a terrifying incident at last night's cubs astros game renewing calling for more protective netting for fans at major league baseball games.
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a foul ball hit by albert almora struck her in the stands. al mora was visibly shaking, putting his hands on his head. he stopped by the area of the stands where the child was sitting. he was consoled by a security guard as he began crying and covering his face with his glove. almora was still emotional after the game. >> just praying and i'm speechless. i'm at a loss of words. being a father of two boys, god willing i'll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life. just prayers right now. that's all i really can control. >> the astros in a statement said the girl was taken to a local hospital but they did not
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disclose any details on her condition. before last season, all major league teams extended protective netting to at least the far ends of the dugouts. >> your heart just goes out to him as much as the family of the girl. starting tomorrow, some new york city commuters can make contactless payments for their bus fare. the apple pay and google pay feature works at select stops on the four, five and six sub way lines, as well as any staten island bus. the rollout should be completed by late 2020. the u.s. does lag behind other countries when it comes to embracing mobile payments. it seems retailers still prefer cold hard cash or credit cards and balk at the high cost of switch to go a contactless pay terminal. uber may ban passengers fwih ratings significantly below average. offending passengers will receive several notifications before losing access to the app but they will get a chance to
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improve their rating and be in good standing. suggestions include being polite, avoid leaving crash in the vehicle, and refrain from asking drivers to speed. they did not disclose what the threshold would be for riders kicked to the curb. it will vary city by city. you're going to add some money to that 43,000, 25, bumping you up to 69,033,. >> one lucrative game. that's the 30th straight win for james holzhauer, less than $200,000 away for the all time record of jeopardy winnings. and jeopardy host alex trebek is on a winning streak of his own, revealing that he is in near remission now after announcing in march he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. the five-year survival rate is 9%. but the 78-year-old trebek tells
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people magazine it's kind of mind boggling. the doctors said they hadn't seen this kind of positive result in their memory. tremendo trebek must undergo several rounds of chemotherapy before he can be declared fully in remission. the blues win in overtime. >> stanley cup final now even at a game apiece, st. louis beating the boston bruins 3 -2 in overtime. they had been 0-13 prior. they move to st. louis for game three on saturday. swept by the bruins the last time they met in the cup final. you can now tell alexa, forget what you have told me, alexa. cnn business has the details next.
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point since mid-february. the s&p 500 and nasdaq both lost ground as well, concerns about the impact of the u.s./china trade war are rising. investors are worrying that tariffs will slow the global economy and ding corporate profits. nervous investors continue to flock to the bond market. the owner of sears promised to make millions of dollars in zef -- severance to employees who lost their jobs. now he wants to get out of it. he is threatening not to make $43 million in payments to former employees. his hedge fund is arguing it cannot make the payments because sears didn't spell out all its assets when lampert agreed to buy sears. worried that your smart
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speaker is getting too smart. alexa users can now tell the device to forget what it's heard. the command delete everything i said today will wipe recordings made from midnight that day until that impact moment -- exact moment. the command is part of the larger push toward privacy. >> just forget everything i just said. >> will do. it's already gone. the deaths of 11 mount everest climbers this year sparking debate about what actually killed them. nepal's government blames weather but overcrowding and limited oxygen in the area known as the death zone are believed to have been a factor. cnn's arwa damon spoke with an american climber about conditions. she joins us live from katmandu. this has been an extraordinary season that raises questions about everything to do with these adventures, right? >> reporter: yeah, there really
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have been and what 34-year-old ian stewart was telling us is that there were a number of phenomenon that really came together at the same devastating time. you had a large crowd of people. the weather window was very short, and then you had a number of inexperienced climbers. ian himself was attempting to summit on the same day that that iconic photograph was taken and he had calculated that it would take him about eight hours to get to the summit instead because of the backlog that took place. it took him 12 hours, and here's how he described the moment when he realized he might not make it down. >> first point, the panic really hit me was at the summit. so i was up there with our guide, and he looked at me and was like, hey, we're both really low on oxygen, we got to go. immediately got back in the cue to get down, as i mentioned, very quickly got stuck at the top of the step and from there,
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it felt like the next five or six hours was just sort of, not to be dramatic, but like a race for my life. >> reporter: and he was very lucky because a sherpa was part of his group but with a climber ahead of him realized that they were in trouble and came back up with another bottle of oxygen. others that ian was with sadly died on the mountain. >> arwa, thank you so much for that. and "early start" continues right now. >> if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. >> the final word from robert mueller, some of it contradicts the attorney general. nancy pelosi giving no ground on impeachment. did the white house try to hide the name of john mccain on his name sake warship during the president's trip to japan?
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a big scare in houston, the screaming line drive hits a little girl in the stands. she is hospitalized. the batter understandably distraught. and welcome news for alex trebek, the jeopardy host making significant progress against pancreatic cancer. he calls it mind boggling. good morning, and welcome to "early start," i'm michelle cos kosinski in for christine romans. >> she'll show you that new star wars land in a bit. i'm dave briggs, it is 5:00 a.m. in the east, and we start with mr. mueller, the special counsel robert mueller has finally spoken offering up his first public comments on the russia investigation after two years of silence. his words offering clear discrepancy with the explanations from the attorney general bill barr. and even though the justice department and mueller's office released a joint statement claiming there is no conflict between them, t

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